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Guys like us that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world They got no family They dont belong no placeWith us it aint like that We got a future We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us We dont have to sit in no bar room blowin in our jack jus because we got no place else to go Steinbeck 14 George speaks these words to his companion Lennie in the beginning of the book Loneliness is a basic part of human life Every person has experienced some type of loneliness throughout his or her lifetime The antithesis of loneliness would be friendship one of a humans basic needs along with food water and shelter In his novel Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck illustrates the loneliness of California ranch life in the early 1930s and shows how people no matter how different they may seem are all alike in the fact that they are driven to find friendship The main image of a companionship would be the relationship that George and Lennie have While sometimes George may get sick of Lennie and yells at him as is shown when he tells Lennie I wisht I could put you in a cage with about a million mice and let you have fun Steinbeck 12 he truly loves him like a brother George and Lennie would truly be lonely if they did not have each other While they might make acquaintances on their own such as the other migrant workers they meet at the ranch they dont have the same bond with them as they do with each other They consider each other family even though they are so different To George Lennie is almost like a pet because he can turn to him for friendship and someone to talk to While Lennie may not be as intelligent as George he is always faithful to George and is simply
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